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Jim B

1926 Mack AC Dump Truck

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Patience, Grasshopper.  Right now, life is intervening; but I'm hoping to make some progress this weekend.

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So, I made a little progress on the Mack today.  Mostly trying to figure out how the evil (yes, I said evil) multi-piece cab goes together, and what's the best way to create subassemblies to make painting easier.  Not sure I figured it all out yet, but I have noticed something about this kit as compared to AMT truck kits: if a tab or pin is supposed to go into a slot or hole it will go there perfectly.  Now, if I could just figure out this cab!  It's like the roof doesn't fit right.

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On my tanker kit cab there are little alignment pins and everything fits fine when pre-assembled. Planning on using tacky stuff on the inside instead of tape on the outside because I have no experience taping stuff together.  I don't even have glue yet. Might count the rivets for kicks.

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Square up the sides and back first.  Then fit the top.  A little sanding here and there may do the trick.  Sometimes it also pays to ignore the tabs and pins and cut them off to get the best fit.

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Cool stuff!!!! I have a few of the kits in my stash......need to build one!

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Thanks, Dave.  Yes, build one, definitely.  I have not been disappointed with the fit & details.

Monogram has some interesting color call-outs in the instructions.  For instance, it says to paint the transmission silver. :blink:  Would it really be silver, or the frame color?  I'm thinking of replicating the green truck on the box, but I'm pretty sure the paint that the original modeler used in the 1970s is no longer available.  Kind of looks like a Leaf Green.  Any suggestions?

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Somewhere in my file I have a brochure that came from the Mack museum in Allentown, PA.  In it are several of the colors that Mack used on their trucks back in the day.  Give me some time to dig it out.

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Look at Tamiya 'AS'line of paints. Many cool colors that are great for commercial vehicles. 

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This is the radiator fan.

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Managed to get some paint on the frame today.  I used Krylon Gloss Seaweed.  I still have to do the detail painting of the chains, transmission, etc.; but I think the green came out nice.  Stinks to high heavens, but it looks nice.

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Looks good, nice color green😎

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Thanks. :)

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Jim

I really like that Green. What color is the cab going to be? 

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This pic was identified by the poster as being from World War I. The Mack is clearly marked "US Army." And interesting for its passenger - a 6-ton tank, the U.S. version of the French Renault FT-17.

 

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54 minutes ago, Mike999 said:

This pic was identified by the poster as being from World War I. The Mack is clearly marked "US Army." And interesting for its passenger - a 6-ton tank, the U.S. version of the French Renault FT-17.

 

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I have seen that photo before, and I RPM used it for their box art on their 1/72 scale 1919 Mack AC Type EHC1 (the M1917 tank was sold separately, not sure about the figures).  MMK makes this era of the Mack AC in a 1/35 scale resin kit, but at €70, it's a little too much for me.  I'd like to build a 1919 or so Mack AC in 1/24, but sourcing those wood spoke wheels will probably be next to impossible; and at my current skill level (or lack there of) there is no way I could scratch build them.

Lee, the cab, dump box, and wheels will all be the same green with the kit supplied decals (unless they self destruct, and that would be bad).

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So I was getting ready to do some chassis detail painting on the AC Mack, and I was wondering if anyone had a good color to replicate the greasy chain & front sprocket.  I was thinking either Tamiya NATO Black or Polly Scale Grimy Black.

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Mix some Vaseline with some semi gloss black, or flat black and see how it looks on a spoon or something , it’ll give it the greasy look for sure...

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That would work.  Be a dust magnet for sure!

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I like the grimy black, just can't get it anymore (at least not the original Pollyscale).  MicroMark has a knock off that isn't too bad.

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On 1/14/2019 at 10:49 PM, Jim B said:

I have seen that photo before, and I RPM used it for their box art on their 1/72 scale 1919 Mack AC Type EHC1 (the M1917 tank was sold separately, not sure about the figures).  MMK makes this era of the Mack AC in a 1/35 scale resin kit, but at €70, it's a little too much for me.  I'd like to build a 1919 or so Mack AC in 1/24, but sourcing those wood spoke wheels will probably be next to impossible; and at my current skill level (or lack there of) there is no way I could scratch build them.

Lee, the cab, dump box, and wheels will all be the same green with the kit supplied decals (unless they self destruct, and that would be bad).

Talk to dave at aitruckmodels.com you can get those wood spoke mack wheels 'chain gaurds' and older style hood 

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Thanks, Steve.  I'll Dave to see what he has.

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Jim I forgot to tell you I called Dave last week and said he found the molds and was going to test them and let me know how they did. I used the Tamiya  nato black for my chain turned out very well and convincing after you paint it go over it  lightly with a #2 lead pencil for a little metal look on the sprocket and out site the chain. No dust problem 

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Sounds like some experimentation is in order.

Thanks for the info on the AC backdate materials.

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